President Akufo-Addo in February this year called for an amendment of Article 55 of the Ghanaian constitution through a referendum which will allow Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to be elected on multi party basis.
The referendum which is slated for September 2019 will require at least 75% “yes” votes from citizens to be able to secure the needed approval for the constitutional amendment. This calls for intensive education and sensitization to win public support for the proposed modification.
In achieving this goal, the Institute for Democratic Governance, IDEG has held a two-day training workshop in Accra for civil society groups, traditional leaders and journalists. The workshop which is on the theme, “The Role of the Community in Local Governance Reform”, is aimed at creating public awareness on the benefits and implications of electing MMDCEs on multi-party basis. The training, among other things, is expected to empower participants with the necessary knowledge on the issues to be able to win public support for the referendum.
The Executive Director of IDEG, Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey addressing the participants said time has come for Ghanaians to recognize the need to strengthen the local governance system by allowing multi-party election of leaders at the local levels. According to him, this will bring development to the doorstep of the ordinary citizen and make life better than what is being experienced now.
Dr. Akwetey further explained that a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum, will reduce the President’s power at the local governance level and improve political party and minority group participation at the various assemblies.
Source: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS